well scratch that. i did get a few things done today. i picked my trim out this morning and bought it. over 100 bucks and i think i'll need a bit more. had to finish cutting the front panels and get them screwed on. here's how it went...
i had to pick the side i wanted and which end would go up first. i then layed the sheet, top side down, across the 2 stands to cut and measure [making sure i was not gonna cut the stand].
i measured 5" from top / 5" from outside panel to outside door / 34-1/2" from outside panel to inside door / 31-1/2 from top panel to bottom of door. it took me forever to figure out how to do this. i had to call on some exteme porkgenuity to make sure everything was right before i screwed up 30$ worth of wood.
i bought this thing to help me cut a straight line. verdict....useless w/ a jigsaw. it causes the blade to bind and cock sideways. it does however make a great straightline tracer.
i used this set up, in addition to a free hand, to keep the wood from falling or sagging to much on the last 2 cuts.
here's a finished panel about to be installed. i did run a line of glue between the side panel edge and the front panel edge, to help keep them from warping. the first one went pretty well, but the second had line up issues again. this was mostly from a warped side panel that was left leaning on something for a week before install.
side panel warpage gap
attempt to repair side panel warpage. i'll leave this on till next week and see what happens.
here's a shot from behind at the lip of the front panel bottom door hole. the lip is there to lock the door. i'll explain later on.
lip at side of door hole to brace door a bit.
before i put the door lock thingy's on, i made sure to match each door to the same hole it was cut from. otherwise they wouldn't fit well, do to cut inconsistencies.
here's how i installed the lower door "lock thingy".basically the door is flush w/ the front panel, so i have to have something to keep the bottom of the doors locked in and lined up. i used scrap 2x4's to make these. the 2x4's will also keep the trim from being damaged when i lean them against the stand for cleaning.
since the lip at the bottom of the panel is 1'' , the 2x4's must stick out about 1-1/8" . this keeps the bottom of the panel from rubbing on the bottom of the door. also helps w/ removal and replacement.
prior to glueing the 2x4's in place i did a test run w/ 2 screws at each end of the 2x4, only halfway screwed in. had to do this to make sure the 2x4's didn't stick out to much, causing the top of the door to rub the panel.
all panels installed and door bottom locks on.
trim saw...not the easiest thing to use, but gets the job done, and under 20$. i had been using this to do my flooring trim.
part of door trim cut. i forgot the measurements, but it overhangs 3/4" on sides and 1/2' on bottom. the the 3/4" sides are to cover screws in front panel. this is gonna be the worst part for me i think. difficult to get squared on. see how it goes next week.